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Arsenal coach ‘shocked’ by club’s recent shock ‘failure’

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Per Mertesacker was “shocked” by Arsenal’s “failure” to have a single player in the last England squad.

The British core ensures the English language is first, it creates the culture.



Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Bournemouth, Burnley and West Ham all had representatives but Arsenal’s most recent England international remains the departed Danny Welbeck.



Of the 23 players Gareth Southgate called up for England’s recent Euro 2020 qualifying victories over Bulgaria and Kosovo, none belong to Arsenal.

Former Gunner Mertesacker, who is now the club’s Academy manager, describes that as “a failure” on their part.

“We used to joke about having a ‘British core’ – Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Carl Jenkinson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey – but that’s essentially what we need.

“When you look at the England squad, you see players from Tottenham, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea… “They all have players there – and not one.
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